Swimsuits can be the best thing about summer, but only if you’re not afraid to wear them. If you’ve ever been to a beach, then you know some people have more of an aversion to water than others.
So even if you’re not one of those people who likes taking baths in their swimsuits—you should still care about how they’re treated while they’re not being worn. Washing your bathing suits incorrectly can lead to discolouration, loss of elasticity, and other issues that may make it impossible for your suit to be worn again.
Wash after every wear
Whether it’s your white or black swimsuit, the best way to make it last is by ensuring you keep it clean and washed regularly.
You can hand wash or machine wash your swimsuits in cold water with a gentle detergent. However, if you choose to do it, make sure not to wring or twist your suits while they’re wet—if the material gets twisted up too tightly while wet, it could cause damage when dryer heat sets in later on.
Use gentle soap
Never put your swimsuit in the dryer. The heat will cause irreparable damage to the elastic and fibres of your suit, which could lead to a tear or rip when you try to wear it again. If you have no other choice but to use a dryer on your suit, reduce its time from 30-45 minutes down to 15-20 minutes at most.
If you do decide to wash your swimsuit in a washing machine, be sure never to use bleach because it can break down the material over time. Instead, opt for gentle detergents.
Hand wash your swimsuits
- Use a gentle soap and detergent, like Woolite or baby shampoo.
- Use a soft brush to gently scrub the fabric of the swimsuit—not too hard!
- Rinse well with warm water until there are no more suds left in the sink. Dry with a clean towel and hang up to dry completely before putting it away in its storage bag or drawer. Don’t wring out your swimsuit when it’s wet!
Ditch the dryer
The first thing to say is that you should never, ever put your swimsuit into the dryer. This can damage the elastic and make it stretch out of shape over time. The dryer can also cause the colour to fade.
Drying in the dryer creates static electricity when you wear your suit next time and makes it smell like a wet dog! Lastly, drying in a hot environment (like an electric or gas dryer) will shrink your swimsuit as well!
Keep chlorine exposure to a minimum
Chlorine is the main ingredient in pool water, but it can be harsh on your swimsuits. Chlorine can damage the fabric and cause swimsuits to fade, lose their shape and elasticity, or even disintegrate over time. To protect your suit from chlorine exposure:
- Rinse off as soon as possible after swimming.
- Hang dry instead of putting them in the dryer.
Now that you know the best way to wash your swimsuits, you can keep them looking their best all summer long. And don’t forget to enjoy yourself in the water.